Four students from the Humanitarian Technologies (HuT) labs of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, will take part in this year's Robocon 2019 competition to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, from July 29-August 9, 2019. This is the 30th edition of the RoboCon International Design Contest (IDC). The team is comprised of students from Semester 6 of B. Tech. Electronics and Communication Engineering: Deepak N., Raviteja G., Ruthvik C. and Phanindra Kumar A.
Last year, a team of students from the Department of Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri campus, the first team ever from India in 29 years since the inception of the event in 1990, took part in this unique robotic competition. In RoboCon 2018, the students won First Prize and Sponsors' Best Prize.
MIT will provide financial assistance to the students which will cover their accommodation, food and robot cost. The participation is only by invitation and the organizers invite only one team from any country mostly from the top university. Top universities of 15 countries are participating in IDC which include Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Tokyo Institute of Technology; Singapore University of Technology and Design; Tsinghua University, Shanghai; Jiaotong University, China; Seoul National University; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, etc. Of all the universities in India, only Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has this wonderful opportunity.
The competition is very unique in the way it is held. The teams will build the robot from scratch during the competition, which spans two weeks. Additionally, teams are formed during the competition with each team consisting of students from different universities. Our students will get chance to work with students from top universities in the world. They will also get an opportunity to network with various professors from these top universities who accompany the students. The host university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, will provide all the lab facilities including mechanical, electrical and electronics labs and the materials and components required to build the robot.